May 12

NHS childcare on target

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The Government’s £70m childcare strategy is on track to ensure all NHS staffhave access to a childcare co-ordinator who can help them meet family needs. Delegates at the NHS childcare conference, Beyond Workplace Nurseries, weretold last week that 124 co-ordinators have already been appointed at NHStrusts, while another 50 are currently being recruited. The Department of Health’s commitment to provide 150 on-site nurseries with7,500 subsidised childcare places by 2004 is also within reach – there are now120 schemes open or in the pipeline providing 5,200 places. NHS HR director Andrew Foster predicted the childcare strategy would helpthe health service meet its recruitment targets. He said: “The challenge of balancing childcare responsibilities andemployment is often a source of considerable stress for parents. “We are committed to improving the working lives of NHS staff byproviding high quality, value-for-money childcare. We need to ensure thismessage is reaching potential recruits and returners.” For the first time, NHS staff can easily find details of their localchildcare co-ordinator by going straight to a central database, launched at theconference. Speaking to delegates, health minister John Hutton said: “The NHSchildcare strategy represents a key element in making the NHS a model employeras well as enabling it to deliver its priorities over the next threeyears.” www.doh.gov.uk/iwl Comments are closed. NHS childcare on targetOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

January 18

Motown the Musical Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_img Related Shows The Broadway production currently stars Josh Tower as Berry Gordy, Krystal Joy Brown as Diana Ross, former Broadway.com video blogger Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Bryan Terrell Clark as Marvin Gaye. Motown The Musical A U.K. production is planned for the summer of 2015. View Commentscenter_img Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical’s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance. What’s going on? Broadway’s Motown the Musical will close on January 18, 2015. The tuner, which opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013, plans to return to the Great White Way at a Nederlander theater to be announced in July 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

October 19

On the campaign trail: Biden ad slams Buttigieg, ‘What you’ve done matters’

first_imgTopics : Here is what is happening in New Hampshire on the campaign trail.After what has been a mostly affable Democratic campaign, Biden’s team pulled off the gloves and targeted the 38-year-old Buttigieg with a withering digital ad that pits Biden’s decades of experience in public life against that of the former mayor.The ad makes liberal use of popular former President Barack Obama in a belittling rundown of the ex-mayor’s small-town issues and also takes a swipe at his troubled record with African Americans.It shows Biden helping pass the Affordable Care Act while Buttigieg installed decorative lights under city bridges; Biden helping secure the Iran nuclear deal while Buttigieg negotiated lighter regulations for pet chip scanners; Biden helping save the US auto industry while Buttigieg “revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend” with decorative brick. The ad, which will run on Facebook and YouTube in New Hampshire, extols Biden’s work on the assault weapons ban, while noting that Buttigieg forced out the city’s black police chief.”We’re electing a president. What you’ve done matters,” the ad says in closing.Buttigieg spokesman Chris Meagher derided the spot as Washington politics as usual that trivialized the concerns of ordinary communities. “The Vice President’s decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Pete’s perspective as a mayor and veteran,” he said.Biden, 77, finished a distant fourth in Iowa and all but conceded he would lose New Hampshire in the first moments of a Democratic debate on Friday night.For months, people close to the Biden campaign had said going negative would be harmful to his political brand, which is built around empathy and optimism.But his poor finish in Iowa seems to have altered that calculus. In New Hampshire, he has been much more critical of his rivals by name. The Buttigieg ad marks a significant escalation that likely carries some risk of blowback.At a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Biden began to re-frame himself as an underdog.”I’ve never paid attention to all this front-runner talk since I entered the race.” He listed various political and personal setbacks on his life. “I know nothing comes easy.”He repeated his warning that nominating Buttigieg or Sanders would be an unacceptable risk for Democrats.In line with the ad, he made light of Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor of South Bend, saying there was a difference between managing the budget of a small city and his own work marshaling the $900 billion Recovery Act economic stimulus package through Congress after the 2008-2009 recession.Of Sanders, Biden said for all his time in Congress, Sanders had made no progress in getting his Medicare for All plan passed. “He hasn’t been able to move the ball a single inch.”The latest Suffolk University tracking poll of New Hampshire Democratic voters shows Buttigieg with 25% to Sanders’ 24%, within the 4.4 point margin of error and showing a clear split between the moderate from Indiana and the party’s progressive standard-bearer from neighboring Vermont.In the two-day tracking poll of 500 likely Democratic primary voters, Buttigieg has risen 14 points since the first poll was published Feb. 3.Warren, Sanders’ fellow liberal from next-door Massachusetts, was third with 14% and Biden finished fourth with 11%, the poll showed. The other candidates were in single digits with 7% of voters undecided.A CNN poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed Sanders still holding a lead but with Buttigieg swiftly gaining on him.Campaigning far from New Hampshire, in Oklahoma City, billionaire Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg racked up another endorsement on Saturday, this one from a Michigan Democrat elected in 2018 in a district that Trump carried two years earlier.US Representative Haley Stevens, one of 31 Democrats who represent congressional districts that Trump won in 2016. “Michigan needs an economic champion in the White House,” she declared in a statement.Another of those Democrats, former Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill, endorsed Bloomberg on Thursday, as did the former Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, who on Friday became the first high-level former Trump administration official to back a Democratic hopeful in the 2020 election.center_img Democrats scrambled to gain an edge with voters on Saturday on the last weekend before the party’s next presidential nominating contest in New Hampshire, where Pete Buttigieg began drawing fire as the candidate on the rise.The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, ended up in a virtual tie with US Senator Bernie Sanders in results that trickled in from Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Both men claimed victory, while US Senator Elizabeth Warren followed in third place and former Vice President Joe Biden trailed in fourth.The problems that plagued the caucuses overshadowed any victory bump before New Hampshire’s contest on Tuesday and cast a pall as the Democratic Party began the process of picking a nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump in November.last_img read more

September 29

Dutch pension fund to invest in Actiam microfinance fund

first_imgPGB, the €18bn pension fund for the Dutch printing industry, has committed €20m to a microfinance fund launched by Actiam, the successor of SNS Asset Management. The fund – the Actiam Institutional Microfinance Fund III – has been launched for six institutional investors, including the €13bn railways scheme SPF and the €3bn pension fund for public transport, SPOV.The asset manager said the duration of the fund would be eight years and that the target return would be approximately 6%.It added that total commitments were €130m to date. Rob Heerkens, board member for investments at PGB, said: “We consider microfinance as a deliberate choice for ESG investment.”The industry-wide scheme previously invested €8m in a predecessor of the Actiam fund.According to Jacques Kappé, SRI portfolio manager at SPF Beheer (the asset manager for SPF and SPOV), the new fund ties in with its clients’ desire to affect social and sustainable change against an acceptable return.“With a return of more than 5%, Actiam’s first microfinance fund fully met our expectations, and also demonstrated its social impact,” he said.However, Kappé declined to disclose the size of SPF and SPOV’s commitments to Actiam’s new fund.Theo Brouwers, director at Actiam Impact Investing, said the social and financial returns of these microfinance funds met market expectations.“Financially, the returns are at the same level as from regular funds with a similar risk profile,” he said.“However, in this case, both the investor and the investment target receive a social return.”Within Actiam, Actiam Impact Investing focuses on socially relevant corporate activities, such as microfinance, small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries and clean energy.last_img read more

September 23

IMCA National Point Standings

first_imgIMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through Sept. 26 Final point races of the 2013 season will be Sunday, Sept. 29.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa, 1,194; 2. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,193; 3. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 1,189; 4. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,183; 5. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, N.Y., 1,172; 6. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 1,171; 7. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,168; 8. Kevan Cook, Constantia, N.Y., 1,166; 9. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo., 1,151; 10. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 1,150; 11. Matt Roberts, Afton, N.Y., 1,143; 12. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,140; 13. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,138; 14. Corey Lagroon, Salina, Kan., 1,134; 15. Luke Wanninger, Minburn, Iowa, 1,130; 16. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,129; 17. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb., 1,128; 18. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,126; 19. Mark Schulte, Delhi, Iowa, 1,125; 20. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas, 1,124. IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. John Leon Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 778; 2. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 773; 3. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 737; 4. Jason Howell, Fort Worth, Texas, 733; 5. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 725; 6. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 722; 7. Herbert R. Wood, Kennedale, Texas, 702; 8. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 665; 9. Shane Gloeckler, Joshua, Texas, 643; 10. D.J. Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 621; 11. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 617; 12. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 595; 13. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 593; 14. Brett Allen, Gaylord, Minn., 587; 15. Mike Boston, Alvo, Neb., 585; 16. Ed Keaton, Midlothian, Texas, 580; 17. Terry Richards, Denton, Neb., 551; 18. Aaron Wisch, Arlington, Minn., 550; 19. Ron Guentzel, St. Peter, Minn., 540; 20. Scott Petersen, Irving, Texas, 531.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Brandon Czarapata, Appleton, Wis., and Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, both 1,194; 3. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,192; 4. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,185; 5. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,184; 6. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,174; 7. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,171; 8. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,170; 9. John J. Heinz, Green Bay, Wis., 1,168; 10. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill., both 1,161; 12. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,157; 13. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,155; 14. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,152; 15. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 1,149; 16. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,148; 17. Casey Werkmeister, North Platte, Neb., 1,140; 18. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,137; 19. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis., 1,133; 20. Tristan Carman, Killeen, Texas, 1,132. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Urbandale, Iowa, and Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, both 1,200; 3. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,194; 4. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,184; 5. Chris Luloff, Independence, Iowa, 1,179; 6. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, and Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., both 1,170; 8. Cody Graham, Hays, Kan., Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., and Eric Stanton, Hartford, Iowa, each 1,157; 11. Benji Irvine, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1,152; 12. Kenny Champ, Clarinda, Iowa, 1,147; 13. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 1,145; 14. Brandon Beeter, Minot, N.D., and Brian Happel, Van Horne, Iowa, both 1,142; 16. Brian Stich, Topeka, Kan., 1,141; 17. Cory Gansen, Clear Lake, Iowa, and Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb., both 1,140; 19. Austin Hauswirth, Havelock, Iowa, 1,139; 20. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., 1,137.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,197; 2. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,192; 3. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,191; 4. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 1,187; 5. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,186; 6. Doug Smith, Rockwell City, Iowa, 1,178; 7. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 1,168; 8. Joshua Long, Little Suamico, Wis., 1,163; 9. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,161; 10. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,142; 11. Cody Hokenstad , Shawano, Wis., 1,140; 12. Bryan Herrick, Curtis, Neb., 1,139; 13. Danny Dvorak, Vinton, Iowa, Brett Lowry, Montezuma, Iowa, and Nelson Vollbrecht, Norfolk, Neb., each 1,133; 16. Clay Sellard, Bucklin, Kan., 1,128; 17. Eric Elliott, Boone, Iowa, 1,127; 18. Kurtis Pihl, Lindsborg, Kan., 1,119; 19. Chad Dolan, Gibbon, Neb., 1,118; 20. Austin Moyer, Dubuque, Iowa, 1,116.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,190; 2. G.W. Egbert IV, Belton, Texas, 1,187; 3. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas, 1,181; 4. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,158; 5. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 1,154; 6. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 1,139; 7. Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas, 1,126; 8. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,102; 9. Alexander Hickham, Conroe, Texas, 1,081; 10. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 1,067; 11. Jarrett Anthony Roberts, Temple, Texas, 1,052; 12. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, and Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, both 1,047; 14. Kyle Lovejoy, Burleson, Texas, 1,042; 15. Michael Newhard, Greenville, Texas, 1,037; 16. Kevin Green, Robinson, Texas, 1,028; 17. Kenny Ware, Belton, Texas, 1,007; 18. Randy Doyle, Killeen, Texas, 998; 19. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 997; 20. Jeff Shepperd, Elm Mott, Texas, 992. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,164; 2. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,146; 3. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 1,145; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,127; 5. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,125; 6. Merv Chandler, Urbana, Iowa, 1,115; 7. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 1,091; 8. Stephanie Forsberg, Slayton, Minn., 1,090; 9. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,086; 10. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,064; 11. John Whalen, Ainsworth, Iowa, 1,051; 12. Michael Reicks, New Hampton, Iowa, 1,041; 13. A.J. Witten, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,025; 14. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,022; 15. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 1,008; 16. Scott Brown, Bellevue, Neb., 989; 17. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 983; 18. Brandon Lambert, Carthage, Ill., 973; 19. Taylor Kuper, Algona, Iowa, 965; 20. David Dembowski, Grand Island, Neb., 953. West Coast Super Stocks – 1. Jason Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 711; 2. Clifton King Jr., Pahrump, Nev., 538; 3. Eric Shenberger, Pahrump, Nev., 454; 4. Lonnie Welch, Bakersfield, Calif., 453; 5. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif., 434; 6. Tim Randolph, Santa Maria, Calif., 387; 7. Joey Claborn, Santa Maria, Calif., 329; 8. Toby Randolph, Nipomo, Calif., 313; 9. Ray Marroquin, Santa Maria, Calif., 302; 10. Dusty Park, Pahrump, Nev., 292; 11. Bryan Wulfenstein, Pahrump, Nev., 283; 12. Chad Weber, Santa Maria, Calif., 278; 13. Rob Gilbertson, Santa Maria, Calif., 258; 14. Michael Frazier, Santa Maria, Calif., 249; 15. Jim Wulfenstein, Pahrump, Nev., and Anthony DeBiase, Pahrump, Nev., both 220; 17. Joe Wabsis, Pahrump, Nev., 196; 18. Duffy Otteson, Tonopah, Nev., 195; 19. Chad Shaffer, Santa Maria, Calif., 192; 20. Cory Little, Pahrump, Nev., 191.last_img read more